Charlie Seppelt and Skye Salter have covered many miles and worked in many places since they met in 2008 working the vintage at Hardys Tintara in McLaren Vale. By the time they took the plunge and established Paralian Wines in ’18 they had accumulated 46 vintages between them, working for others. The name is a noun for someone who lives by the sea. Charlie’s first exposure to McLaren Vale was as a vintage casual at d’Arenberg and it was vinous love at first sight. He and Skye headed off overseas, a high point undertaking vintage in Burgundy. He headed back to Australia, she went on to the Languedoc, seemingly ideal, but found it as depressing as Burgundy had been inspirational. They agreed McLaren Vale, and in particular Blewitt Springs, was the place they wanted to make grenache and shiraz with high fragrance and brightness, grenache joining pinot noir as a high class wine to be enjoyed young or much later. No fining or additions are used other than SO2 and little requirement for new oak. Watch this space.